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Hawking mad: The top 12 Super Bowl moments

  • The Seattle Seahawks and their goofy mascot are Super Bowl champs.
The Seattle Seahawks and their goofy mascot are Super Bowl champs. (Getty Images )
February 02, 2014|RedEye

Is it just us, or was everyone mad heading into this Super Bowl?

Brian Urlacher still upset with the Bears. Hall of Fame linemen taking shots at would-be Hall of Fame linemen. Meteorologists kneeing guys in the groin (seriously, did you see The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore? Badass).

Then there was the game itself. Denver's super offense vs. Seattle's super defense. Peyton Manning's arm vs. Richard Sherman's mouth. Everybody vs. the weather.

Maybe that's what happens when you put the Super Bowl in—er, right next to—New York. Everyone turns into Jay "Dooooon't Caaaaare" Cutler.

Now that it's over, what piqued our interest? Here are the moments that got under our skin, on a scale from Furious to Seething to Smiling to Cackling.

The weather

Fox reported it was 49 degrees at kickoff, which means it was warmer in East Rutherford, N.J., than it was in both Seattle and Denver. The lowest Super Bowl kickoff temp was 39 degrees, so this wasn't even in the neighborhood. However, we have no explanation for Peyton Manning was wearing gloves.

How mad? Furious

Rob Riggle

The actor seemed like he was in every other commercial leading up to kickoff. He was amusing in "21 Jump Street" and "Step Brothers," but not "starring in a series of Super Bowl Sunday commercials" amusing.

How mad? Seething

Denver's offense

Fumbled their first snap of the game for a safety. Eleven total yards in the first quarter. No first downs until the second quarter. Two Peyton Manning interceptions and a 22-0 Seattle lead at halftime. Game. Over.

How mad? Furious

Joe Namath's jacket

@HuffPostCanada nailed it with a "who wore it best" tweet featuring former N.Y. Jets quarterback Joe Namath, Macklemore and the Ikea monkey. We'll just let that breathe.

How mad? Smiling

"Natural rubbing action"

Fox broadcaster Troy Aikman was talking about receivers obstructing defensive backs when he used this phrase, though he could have been talking about all sorts of NSFW things. Sorry, we can't help but chuckle. It's the 12-year-old in us. And you. You can admit it.

How mad? Cackling

The Bears

Let's get this straight. After watching Super Bowl XLVIII, we learned a great offense will go completely limp when faced with a great defense. Which means the Bears, after spending all that money on offense the past couple of seasons, are probably screwed. Sigh.

How mad? Furious

Seattle's defense

Dominant from the start and never let up. JUST LIKE RICHARD SHERMAN SAID IT WOULD BE. DON'T TALK ABOUT THEM. OR THERE WILL BE MUCH MORE YELLING. OK WE'LL STOP NOW.

How mad? Cackling

"Nipplegate" Part 2

Bruno Mars was fine and all. We're just waiting for all the backlash for the not one but FOUR nipples exposed by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. They should be forced to apologize to everyone and pay everyone $1 million in restitution.*

*Yeah, none of that should happen. Janet Jackson deserved better 10 years ago.

How mad? Furious

Jermaine Kearse

If you turned off the game after halftime, we understand. But that means you missed his sweet catch and spin move where he broke 30 tackles and scored a touchdown. Holy. Crap.

How mad? Cackling

Have Percy!

For a guy who barely played this season because of injury, Seattle receiver Percy Harvin was a monster Sunday. Not only did he have two carries for 45 yards, but his electrifying kickoff return for a TD to open the second half all but sealed the Broncos' fate.

How mad? Cackling

Not the crutches!

Richard Sherman, the guy who yelled his way into America's consciousness two weeks ago, ended up injured to the point that he couldn't finish the game--essentially robbing everyone of potentially the best postgame interview of all time.

How mad? Furious

Throw in the towel already

Really, would anyone have been mad had Fox cut away from the game to show more "Brooklyn Nine Nine"? Yeah, didn't think so. Think about it, future Super Bowl broadcasters. Your ratings depend on it.

How mad? Seething

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